Immediately after Priyanka Gandhi Vadra held her maiden but impressive road show in Lucknow, the core group of the Bharatiya Janata Party huddled together to discuss the ‘Priyanka effect’ and how to protect the party’s vote bank in view of the huge crowds that swarmed the 15km route raising slogans ‘chowkidar chor hai.’
The core group comprised of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, BJP state president Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey, two Deputy Chief Ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dr Dinesh Sharma, UP election in-charge and Union Health Minister JP Nadda and general secretary organization Sunil Bansal.
The meeting continued for almost three hours and ended at around 10 at night. When the leaders came out of the meeting room they looked serious and refused to take questions. BJP spokesperson said it was a routine meeting but failed to answer those asking that if this was pre-planned meeting then why did the Chief Minister skip review the meeting with DMs and hurriedly came only to attend this core group meeting.
Whatever the BJP leaders say, one thing is very clear that through this road show Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has proved that she will give sleepless nights to the ruling dispensation in Uttar Pradesh. The talk of ‘badlav’ and new future she has harped on through an audio clip will have its impact in next Lok Sabha election results.
This is why BJP should be wary of Priyanka Gandhi.